The Handmaid’s Tale is back on our TV screens with season four of the hit series finally available again on our shores — 20 months since we left it.
In Australia, there’s only one place you can watch it in its entirety (and without ads) — SBS On Demand.
The good news? The first three episodes have all been released at the same time including Pigs, Nightshade and The Crossing. And you won’t have to wait too long for new episodes because they are being released weekly on Thursdays at 7 pm and with only 10 episodes of the season in total, so that’s only seven weeks.
If you’re concerned that this season is the be-all and end-all — season five is definitely in the works, however, there’s no word on when the premiere date will be. While you wait, season one through to three can be watched on Stan.
If you need a recap of what happened in season 3 and what to expect for season 4, keep reading, but expect some series season 3 spoilers.
The finale of the third season saw June (Elisabeth Moss) strategising an overthrow of Gilead, which included transporting 86 children to Canada. Rita (Amanda Brugel) also managed to cross the border and was reunited with Moira (Samira Wiley), Luke (OT Fagbenle) and Emily (Alexis Bledel). June, unfortunately, didn’t manage to escape — instead, she was shot, and the season ended with her being found and tended to by other Handmaids.
Season four is “rooted in climate change” — that’s what showrunner Brice Miller told Variety last September.
In a Q&A with the publication, when asked if there would be a big climactic event related to climate change as the series progresses, Miller said “absolutely”, and that the show’s basic foundations rest on environmental stories.